Information & Communication Technology
ICT is a key form of communication in today's world and for the future. In ICT we teach students to be adaptable to many platforms and a wide range of software, so that they will be able to use not just today's software and technologies but also tomorrow's.
The aims of the ICT Department at BSM are to:
- Promote safe and efficient usage of technology, with an understanding of the risks;
- Give all students exposure to a wide range of software and technologies;
- Develop a high level of competence within students of the software skills;
- Inspire pupils to use the ICT skills in a range of applications outside of school.
Key Stage 3
Throughout Key Stage 3, students develop their ICT skills through a range of practical projects. This course is progressive through years 7 to 9.
In year 7 students learn how to carry out effective online research, how to creative an effective presentation, how to be safe online and are introduced to programming through Scratch. In years 8 and 9 students further develop their programming skills using Flash and Python. Students also discuss a range of ICT related topics such as Copyright regulation and Health and Safety and ICT.
Topics Taught at Key Stage 3 include:
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Internet safety||Internet safety||Internet safety|
|Using the Internet to research topics||Multimedia and animation through programming (Scratch)||Programming (Phyton)|
Students are assessed using the National Curriculum Levels (1 to 8/EP). Formative assessment in the form of constructive comments is the most common form of assessment along with summative assessment in the form of a level and effort grade for key pieces of work.
Key Stage 4 – IGCSE
Edexcel IGCSE in Information and Communication Technology
Students learn to:
- Apply knowledge, skills and understanding of ICT to a range of situations;
- Analyse, design, implement, test, evaluate and document ICT systems for others to use, and develop understanding of the wider implications and effects of the use of ICT;
- Reflect critically on the way you and others use ICT;
- Discuss and review the impact of ICT applications in the wider world;
- Consider social, economic, political, legal, ethical and moral issues and security needs surrounding the use of ICT;
More specifically, students develop their ICT skills in:
- Spreadsheet software
- Database software
- Graphics software
- Desktop publishing
- Word processing software
- Audio and video editing software
- Multimedia presentation software
Paper 1: Written Paper (50%)
This written examination, lasting one hour and 30 minutes, consists of multi-choice and short answer questions.
Paper 2: Practical Paper (50%)
This practical computer-based examination, taken under controlled conditions, consists of structured activities. It takes three hours, including printing time.
Frequently Asked Question for students
How do I improve my grade and where do I get information?
- Individual homework receives a grade and a comment, make sure you read these comments and ask if you do not understand them.
- Practice your ICT skills in your own time. You can use the text book, online tutorials and the software help files.
- Do your best to contribute to class discussions. It will help you remember the theoretical components of the course.
- Check the Haiku ICT website.
- Textbook: use the summary at the end of each chapter as a check list (years 10 and 11).
- Ask for help!